Two motorcyclists are dead after being struck by a car driven by an elderly driver in Howey-in-the-Hills in Lake County. According to Cpl. Richard Roman of the Howey-in-the-Hills Police Department, the accident occurred around 2:30 p.m. on State Road 19 near Savage Circle. Roman reports that the victims were riding with a group of four motorcycles when the driver crossed over the centerline and struck them head-on. He said that the group of riders was northbound on S.R. 19 when the elderly driver, age and address unknown, drove her Toyota sedan into their lane and sideswiped one of the riders before striking another motorcycle head-on.
The head-on collision caused the male rider and his female passenger to be ejected from their bike, fatally injuring both of them. The man was taken to Florida Hospital Waterman, where he was pronounced dead from his injuries. The female victim was flown to Orlando Regional Medical Center, where she succumbed to her injuries hours later. Little is known about the two victims, except that they were both from the Jacksonville area. The elderly driver was taken to Leesburg Regional Medical Center, where she is receiving treatment for undisclosed injuries. The accident closed S.R. 19 for around three hours while debris was cleared and officers conducted their investigation. Police have not yet announced if charges are pending in the case.
Police have not yet reported why they think the elderly driver crossed the centerline and collided with the riders. She may have experienced a medical emergency and lost consciousness or have swerved into oncoming traffic to avoid striking something in the roadway. The only certainty thus far is that two people riding on motorcycles with friends are dead.
If police find that the elderly driver was negligent in causing the accident, she and her insurance company may be liable for damages. If you or a member of your immediate family has been injured in a motorcycle accident, you deserve skilled and experienced legal representation. Orlando personal injury attorney James O. Cunningham has been helping motorcycle accident victims receive the compensation they deserve since 1977 and renowned for his work ethic and tireless case preparation for his clients. If you would like to schedule a free consultation with an Orlando motorcycle accident lawyer with a proven record of success, call Mr. Cunningham today at 877-FL-INJURY (877-354-6587) and schedule a free consultation to discuss your case.
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Since 1977, personal injury lawyer James Cunningham has provided effective legal advocacy to people who are injured through the negligent actions of another person or entity throughout the Central Florida area. He fights to obtain recoveries for his clients’ physical and emotional pain and suffering and pursues his clients’ personal injury cases with a commitment to excellence and impeccable preparation.
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